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University of Portsmouth

Early Childhood Studies

UCAS Code: LX53

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


96-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

96 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 42.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H4,H4,H4,H4

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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96-120 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

96-120

96-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

92%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2018

Subject

Early years education

This course brings together the theory and reality of children from birth to eight years old, providing the skills to become a confident Early Years practitioner. Read more at the University of Portsmouth website.WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?You will study a core work-based unit that ensures your studies are linked with practice, and you may work toward Early Years Initial Teacher Training standards as part of the course. The course is recognised by the government as full and relevant to the requirements for working in early years settings.MORE ABOUT THIS COURSEYou will draw on current issues, using national and international viewpoints, to explore the development of children in their first experiences at home and in initial education. You will have access to a team of lecturers who combine academic and practitioner expertise across several disciplines, to regular guest speakers, and to our wide network of relevant local employers.OPTIONAL PATHWAYSYou may follow an optional psychology pathway through this degree, involving units in this complementary subject, leading to the exit award BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Psychology.WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?This course is for students who want a holistic understanding of the first eight years of life, and who want to develop the skills needed for a career in the Early Years sector.SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINEDThe course meets governmental requirements for working in the Early Years sector, offers a training route for Early Years Teacher Status, and has a personalised work-based unit at its core, ensuring that your study is connected to your current or future practice, and developing your skills for working with young children. You can also undertake research in the field instead of a literature-based dissertation in your final year.AFTER THE COURSEYou will be prepared for careers involving young children, such as in community and social care, play work and nursery practice.

Modules

In the first year of this degree you will be introduced to a broad range of skills and knowledge that will support you in your study focusing on constructs of childhood, child development and how young children needs are met, particularly within the context of the family and early years settings. In the second year you will study how government policy influences and impacts practice will be considered in greater depth. The use of options at this stage will enable you to start focusing on a specific area of interest. You will also have the opportunity to experience paid or voluntary work with children if you take the Life Elective in an option this year. Your third year will focus on curriculum requirements, policies and the rights of the child as you specialise in an area of interest through your choice of dissertation and options.

Assessment methods

We use a range of assessment methods to ensure that you reach your academic potential. We assess your work through a variety of essays, group and individual presentations/projects, tests and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Early years education

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,600
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
69%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

34%
Teaching and educational professionals
21%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
20%
Childcare and related personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Early years education

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£21k

£21k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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